S A Cosby
Headline Publishing Group
The Gold Dagger
This award is for the best crime novel by an author of any nationality, originally written in English, first published in the UK during the Judging Period. The broadest definition of the crime novel defines eligible books as including thrillers, police procedurals, mysteries, pyschological and other suspense novels and spy fiction.
It was originally created in 1955, under the name of the Crossed Red Herrings Award. The first winner was Winston Graham for The Little Walls. It was renamed the Gold Dagger in 1960 and has been awarded ever since with variations in its name depending on sponsorship.
Up to 2005, books in translation were eligible for this prize. In 2006 the CWA established a separate dagger, the International (now Crime Fiction in Translation), for books in translation, recognising the work of the translator as well as that of the original author.
City of Ghosts
Welbeck Publishing Group
House of Correction
Simon & Schuster
Little, Brown Book Group
The Postscript Murders
Little, Brown Book Group
We Begin at the End
The Judges 2021
Richard Reynolds (Chair)
Richard has been a bookseller for over thirty-five years and is the organiser of regular events for readers of crime fiction at Heffers in Cambridge, including the annual events What’s Your Poison & Murder under the Mistletoe. He is the editor of the Oleander Press London Bound series of classic crime novels and an expert in crime fiction.
David was once the retail manager for Heffers in Cambridge, and manager of the Norwich branch of Ottakers. He now works for St John’s College, Cambridge and is an avid crime fiction reader.
Lyn has been the MP for West Ham since 2005, growing up in the area she now represents. A previous Gold Dagger judge, she remains an avid reader and coo-ordinates a book club for Labour women MPs. Lyn now holds a Shadow Ministerial post in Labour’s Shadow Treasury Team.
Liz, an editorial expert, has been writing reviews for LoveReading since February 2014. Reading has always played a huge part in her life and she could quite happily chat books all day. ‘I would describe myself as a reader and a lover of all things books.’ She can be found on Twitter as @LRLizRobinson.
Pippa was introduced to crime fiction by a Francis Durbridge-loving grandmother and a Christie-loving primary schoolteacher. Pippa has looked after the admin for a crime fiction book group for the last 17 years and is currently awaiting publication of Cambridge – Myriads of Misdeeds.
|Amer Anwar||Stone Cold Trouble||Dialogue Books, Little, Brown Book Group|
|S A Cosby||Blacktop Wasteland||Headline, Headline Publishing Group|
|M W Craven||The Curator||Constable, Little, Brown Book Group|
|Ben Creed||City of Ghosts||Welbeck Fiction, Welbeck Publishing Group|
|Garry Disher||Peace||Viper, Profile Books|
|Mick Finlay||Arrowood and the Thames Corpses||HQ, HarperCollins|
|Nicci French||House of Correction||Simon & Schuster|
|Robert Galbraith||Troubled Blood||Sphere, Little, Brown Book Group|
|Elly Griffiths||The Postscript Murders||Quercus|
|Antonia Hodgson||The Silver Collar||Hodder & Stoughton|
|S G Maclean||The House of Lamentations||Quercus Fiction, Quercus|
|C D Major||The Other Girl||Thomas & Mercer|
|Thomas Mullen||Midnight Atlanta||Little, Brown, Little, Brown Book Group|
|S J Parris||Execution||Harper Fiction, HarperCollins|
|Tade Thompson||Making Wolf||Constable, Little, Brown Book Group|
|Nicola Upson||The Dead of Winter||Faber|
|Chris Whitaker||We Begin at the End||Zaffre, Bonnier|
|Rebecca Whitney||The Hidden Girls||Mantle, Pan Macmillan|
Good Girl, Bad Girl
Robotham is an absolute master of the impactful opening and draws you effortlessly in before seamlessly ratcheting up the tension and jeopardy. Intense and fascinating relationships are developed and explored as forensic psychologist Cyrus Haven investigates murder while treating damaged teenager Evie.